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March 30, 2021

Refugees and Displaced Persons
Beyond the Sand and Sea

From Ty McCormick, winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, an epic and timeless story of a family in search of safety, security, and a place to call home.

February 24, 2021

Digital Policy
Canada Has Denounced Clearview AI; It’s Time for the United States to Follow Suit

The United States, with its history of police brutality, mass incarceration, and systemic racism, should take similar if not more drastic measures.

A security officer monitors surveillance cameras with geo-fencing and crowd monitoring capabilities.

February 18, 2021

United States
Can the State Department Bring More Diversity to the U.S. Diplomatic Corps?

President Biden has vowed to diversify the top ranks of government agencies. The small and shrinking number of senior Black diplomats, in particular, could undermine U.S. foreign policy goals.

February 18, 2021

Currency Reserves
The Dollar Privilege

The dollar is the world’s primary reserve currency, accounting for $6.7 trillion in foreign reserves. This has given the United States what some have called “an exorbitant privilege,” allowing it to …

Podcast A one dollar bill

February 17, 2021

International Organizations
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: A Well-Qualified New Leader for the WTO

Organization (WTO), the trade body’s top leadership position, former Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala quickly became the universal favorite to land the top job—except for among members of the Trump administration.

A picture of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the incoming head of the WTO. She is wearing traditional dress of the Igbo ethnic group from present-day Nigeria.

February 11, 2021

News Release
The U.S. Should Preserve Taiwan’s Autonomy  Without Triggering Chinese Attack, Says New CFR Report

Taiwan “is becoming the most dangerous flash point in the world for a possible war that involves the United States, China, and probably other major powers,” warns a new Council on Foreign Relations (…

February 11, 2021

China
The United States, China, and Taiwan: A Strategy to Prevent War

To preserve peace in the Taiwan Strait, Robert D. Blackwill and Philip Zelikow propose the United States make clear that it will not change Taiwan’s status, yet will work with allies to plan for Chin…

February 8, 2021

Economics
Farewell

I am stepping down from my position at the Council of Foreign Relations to take a new job. That, among other things, means that I will not be blogging here for the foreseeable future. I am enormou…

January 28, 2021

Cybersecurity
Most Tools Failed to Detect the SolarWinds Malware. Those That Did Failed Too

The SolarWinds breach shows that even the best-intentioned companies that have pledged to work cooperatively are not doing so in practice, at least when it counts.

The SolarWinds logo is seen outside its headquarters in Austin, Texas.

January 27, 2021

Defense and Security
Protecting Our Heroes From Disinformation on Social Media

The Department of Defense should implement a program to help service members and their families avoid falling victim to disinformation.

Members from all of the services of the US military march across in front of the White House.